Serian health office does inoculation drill

SERIAN: The Serian health office has carried out a vaccination simulation exercise in preparation for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme scheduled to start next week.

The exercise at the community hall here, about 61km from Kuching in Sarawak, involved medical personnel and relevant agencies such as the Civil Defence Force, Fire and Rescue Department and Rela.

Serian resident Tuah Suni said the simulation was conducted to test the vaccination process and identify any shortcomings for improvement.

“We want to get all the staff and agencies involved in the process and procedures so that they know their roles on the actual day.

“We also want to see what gaps we might face and try to resolve them, ” he told reporters during the exercise yesterday.

Tuah added that the immunisation programme in Serian division was expected to start on or after Feb 24, when the first batch of vaccines arrives in Sarawak.

He explained that the first phase was for frontliners, followed by phase two for high-risk individuals and phase three for the public.

Practice makes perfect: A nurse simulating giving a vaccine jab to a volunteer during the exercise at the Serian community hall. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The StarPractice makes perfect: A nurse simulating giving a vaccine jab to a volunteer during the exercise at the Serian community hall. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

An estimated 108,000 individuals in Serian are eligible for the vaccine along with over 4,000 frontliners.

“The number of frontliners to be vaccinated depends on how many vaccine doses we receive. Once the frontliners have been vaccinated, the rest will follow.

“For the public in phases two and three, they will be given an appointment to come for the vaccination, ” Tuah said.

He said the community hall would be the only vaccination centre in Serian for now due to logistics.

“We can decide to open other venues in more rural areas later if the situation permits, ” he added.

Tuah also said the Serian district office would help to carry out awareness and promotion programmes on the importance of the vaccination as a preventive measure against Covid-19.

“We encourage the public in Serian to register for the vaccination because we don’t want the virus to spread, ” he said.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Vaccination , Simulation , Covid-19 , Serian , Sarawak , Tuah Suni


Next In Nation

Bersatu stands by Muhyiddin, says Deputy President
CITF taking measures to prevent congestion at PPVs in Klang Valley
Dr Wee expresses condolences to family of victim who died in LRT3 mishap
Confusion over BN letterhead to media on support for Muhyiddin
Thorough probe to be conducted into LRT3 construction site mishap, says Prasarana
Covid-19: Melaka govt offering columbarium niches for those facing financial problems
Najib stands with Perikatan Nasional government, but not Muhyiddin as Prime Minister
Follow SOP to reduce Covid-19 infection rate, IGP urges public
Covid-19: Cluster linked to JB Aidiladha visit among 36 new clusters
Dr M calls for PM and Cabinet to resign

Stories You'll Enjoy